by Swami Rudrananda (Rudi)
In this unique and powerful volume, Rudi explores our basic need to grow and the role played by a teacher or guru in a person's spiritual practice. He dispels common illusions about spirituality and directs us to accept the full challenge of life. Included are a series of techniques that are fundamental to the teaching of this extraordinary spiritual master. Completed shortly before his death in 1973, it is the only book that he wrote and published himself. As such, it is a direct documentation of his intensity and insight and the lived-through experience of the infinite.
The fourth edition reprises the first edition of Rudi's work, with a new foreword by Swami Chetanananda.
"The total person must be consumed to support life in its depth—to allow for creative interchange between one human being and another, and eventually between a human being and God. We cannot limit our intake to the qualities that are 'easy to take.'....Life must be consumed whole—with all its tensions, pain and joy." (page 3)
147 pages, paperback
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Swami Rudrananda (Rudi) was born in New York City in 1928. A student of various spiritual teachings since his youth, he was himself a teacher for thousands of followers in the United States and Europe before he died in 1973.
Rudi met Bhagavan Nityananda in Ganeshpuri, India, in 1958 and studied with him until Nityananda passed away in 1961. In 1966, Swami Muktananda initiated him into the Saraswati Order of monks, making him one of the first Americans to be recognized as a Swami or master in this tradition. Rudi was a powerful fusion of East and West, dedicated only to spiritual growth and transcendence.